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Lights In The Distance


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Daniel Trilling is the editor of New Humanist magazine and has reported extensively on refugees in Europe. His work has been published in the London Review of Books, Guardian, New York Times and others, and won a 2017 Migration Media Award. His first book, Bloody Nasty People: the Rise of Britain's Far Right, was longlisted for the 2013 Orwell Prize. He lives in London.


[Lights in the Distance] calmly portrays the reality of life for people trying to enter a Europe that largely doesn't want them . . . If knowledge is the foundation of action, then [Trilling] has done us a great service by turning masses and numbers into people whom we like, who we can see are like us. * New Statesman *
Brilliantly researched and written . . . Trilling [brings] his reader as close as possible to the actual circumstances of those who have found their way to Calais, or to Catania in Sicily or to London or to Athens, only to find themselves condemned to occupy space, rather than live. * Observer *
This powerful study looks behind the statistics and political slogans to reveal the human face of the refugee crisis. * Guardian *
Compelling . . . the author's mastery of the details of his subject shines through. * Financial Times *
Subtle but effective . . . such a powerful book. In the midst of an escalating crisis, Trilling manages to keep his lens focused tightly on the people who are most intimately affected by the geopolitical catastrophe taking place around them. * Irish Times *
By treating his subjects as fully conscious individuals rather than as a mass of victims without agency (often the flip side of the perception of the refugee as alien threat), Trilling brings human detail - individuality - into focus. * Times Literary Supplement *
Humane and illuminating, Lights in the Distance is a vital examination of what the new era of border control and deportations really means, what it costs, and who pays the price. -- Olivia Laing
Daniel Trilling has emerged as one of our most intrepid and resourceful reporters. In Lights in the Distance, he illuminates the vast human tragedy behind newspaper headlines about refugees. -- Pankaj Mishra
An engrossing account of refugees is a book to read for anyone who takes the biggest moral question of our age seriously. Trilling`s journalistic skill once again shines in this reportage. -- Ece Temelkuran
A deeply moving and much needed reminder of the human tales which are so often obscured by political rhetoric on migration. -- Fatima Manji, Channel 4 News

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